Well, here we are again, trying to maintain a slow and steady pace to the end of the year.  Meanwhile the magnetic draw of the coming holidays is is starting to tug on my heart strings.

I absolutely love the holidays!  Thanksgiving is such a warm, family centered time, with such marvelous comfort food.  I get “fat” bumps just thinking about it!

After the big gobble-gobble, the tilt-a-whirl keeps tilting and spinning, moving us faster and faster towards the end of the year.  I adore Christmas, it’s promise, and it’s loving attitudes.  I just wish that folks would try to act that way when driving, waiting in line, and shopping for that perfect gift.

Personally, I am already shopping.  I don’t give big gifts; I prefer the small inexpensive ones.  I like to give friends and co-workers something every year. So, I go to stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx,Ulta,  and Ross and look for collections of soaps, bath products, candles, etc.  I’ll even buy items during the year if I find a deal and squirrel them away.

I assemble these collections in bags from the dollar store or cellophane bread bags, with or without tissue paper tie a ribbon and add a tag and voila!   I can even get old fashioned and bake some small loaves of bread and give them away.  I started to do this, again, last year and promise myself I will this year, too.  I have to, I found some wrappers for the small loaves on sale at one of my favorite stores!

I guess the “moral” of the story is: don’t try to eat the elephant in one bite, just keep nibbling at it.  If we try to take things slowly, a step at a time, we can do this–without getting too crazed!

Have a lovely week!  Do something special for yourself, and smile at everyone–all will feel the joy!

Blessings to all!

An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours!